Accusations of domestic violence within a family or between loved ones can create particular and sensitive difficulties, both legally and emotionally. They are the sort of accusations that tend to make the rest of a person fall away in the eyes of some. That is, a person accused of domestic violence is an abuser, not a person with a multitude of emotional and intellectual layers who happens to be accused of abusive behavior. A person in such a position needs an able attorney to ensure they are vigorously defended.
Portland criminal defense attorney Ross Denison has committed his career to defending the rights and goals of men and women facing criminal charges in Oregon. With Ross as your attorney, you will not stand alone and your side of the story will be told. If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact Ross anytime.
Just as there is no “typical” family acrimony, it is difficult to speculate about “typical” domestic violence charges. The actual crimes charged will vary based on the factual details of the accused conduct, but the two most common charges are assault and harassment. Assault occurs when someone intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury to another. Harassment occurs when someone subjects another to offensive physical contact.
Domestic violence charges come with no-contact orders with the alleged victim. Between co-parents, this can disrupt family life and have a negative impact on innocent children. To make matters more difficult, if charges arise at a time when the family relationship is already breaking down, accusations of domestic violence can negatively affect divorce / dissolution proceedings and parenting rights.
In some Oregon counties, and limited instances, there may be a diversion program by which a person can avoid conviction without a trial. Whether or not that option is available, you need an experienced attorney to negotiate and advocate on your behalf, and be prepared to take your case to trial if an acceptable solution is not otherwise available.
Moreover, heated family conflicts can result in law enforcement involvement during which nobody is communicating rationally and emotions and confusion run rampant. Often, accounts of events are miscommunicated and officers, equipped with preconceived notions of their own, can misinterpret situations. Your attorney listens to your side of the story. He makes sure you are not misrepresented and gathers evidence to support your rights and all defenses you may have to the domestic violence charge.
Based in Portland, Ross Denison represents clients throughout the tri-county area and surrounding Oregon communities, including Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Hood River County, and Columbia County.
If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic violence, contact Ross Denison Law today, and, together, you and Ross will endeavor to achieve the most positive result in court and try to establish a healthy new beginning.